Local Flavors

Baklava: A 683 Year-old Recipe

Belle Piccio
Belle Piccio | Aug 30, 2013
What is Baklava?

Baklava is a rich, sweet pastry made of layers of phyllo pastry filled with chopped nuts and sweetened with syrup. It is characterized of the cuisines of the former Ottoman Empire and its current form was developed in the imperial kitchen of the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul.

One of the oldest known recipes for a sort of proto-baklava is found in a food and health manual written in the year 1330 AD… that is 683 years ago!

Baklava

Negrosanon Baklava

In the recipe, the Museum Café chef changed the walnut and almond to “pilinut”… changed the sugar to “muscovado”… and the olive oil to “coconut oil”… to make this ancient delicacy into a modern Negrosanon Delicacy!

You can try it at the Museum Café of Negros Museum.

Related link: The Negros Museum: A Quick Way to Get to Know the Island of Negros

How to Get There

From Manila, you can fly to Bacolod (Php2500++, round trip, 45 minutes). From Bacolod-Silay Airport, you can take a shuttle (Php75-100 per head) going to the city proper. You can also take a cab from the airport and ask to be dropped off at your destination but it is a bit expensive (Php400++).

If you’re already in Bacolod City, the landmarks would be the Provincial Capitol Building of Negros Occidental and the Hall of Justice. It is just located beside the Hall of Justice and a 3-minute walk from the Provincial Capitol Building.

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